Zambia: Helpers Society Tosses Out Milingo

FORMER Lusaka Catholic Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo has been removed from the Zambia Helpers Society (ZHS), the organisation he founded in 1996, after members abolished the position of president.

And Archbishop Milingo has denied that he signed a deed of gift agreement transferring ownership of his farm, number 456a in Shimabala to ZHS.

He confirmed in an interview in Lusaka that he had been tossed out of the organisation which he founded after members altered the society’s constitution.

The archbishop said ZHS members had completely changed the constitution to bar him from continuing heading the society as founding president.

“I have been kicked out by the society I founded. They have changed the constitution so that they will have nothing to do with me, this is very unfair,” he said.

Archbishop Milingo, however, said he would not allow the situation to remain as it is and would ensure that fairness prevailed.

ZHS board chairperson, Chivwara Phiri said during a ZHS special annual general meeting (AGM) held on July 10 this year that the members voted against Archbishop Milingo continuing as president.

Mr Phiri said the archbishop would, however, continue as founder, trustee and patron of the society, adding that the issue could be revisited during the forthcoming ordinary AGM.

And in the ongoing controversy over the ownership of the farm commonly known as Lukamantano, off Kafue Road, Archbishop Milingo charged that he had been swindled out of the piece of land because the -signature on the deed gift document is not his.

He said he had reported the matter to the police.

The wrangle over the farm in question surfaced following Archbishop Milingo’s departure from the Roman Catholic Church.

The cleric founded ZHS in 1966 while he was still in the Catholic Church, and with the help of several donors and own resources he embarked on a development programme.

Among the facilities constructed at the farm are a hospital, school, post office and a shop.

After he left the church, the question arose as to whether the land was his personally or had been bequeathed to ZHS.

Records at the Ministry of Lands show that Archbishop Milingo purportedly gave the two pieces of land to ZHS in 2003 and early this year.

According to the Deed Gift document made available to the Sunday Times, Archbishop Milingo and Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone from the Vatican signed the deed transferring ownership of the farm land to ZHS.

Archbishop Milingo, however, strongly denies that he had signed the document.

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Milingo Patriarca, le terre e la firma con il cardinale Bertone Segretario di Stato Vaticano

L’ex Arcivescovo cattolico di Lusaka Emmanuel Milingo sarebbe stato rimosso dalla società “Zambia Helpers Society” (ZHS), l’organizzazione da lui fondata nel 1996, dopo che l’assemblea dei soci ha abolito la posizione di presidente all’interno della società stessa.
Milingo da qualche mese proclamato con l’appoggio di alcune parachiese  patriarca dell’Africa del Sud ha negato di aver firmato un atto di trasferimento di proprietà per l’azienda agricola alla Zambia Helpers Society.

Il cambio dello statuto operato dalla Società africana durante un’assemblea dei soci svoltasi il 10 Luglio 2010 ha di fatto estromesso Milingo dalla carica di presidente.

Secondo Milingo il cambio radicale dello statuto è stato fatto per impedirgli di  proseguire a capo della società come presidente fondatore.

Il sig.  Chivwara Phiri   Presidente del consiglio della socoetà,  ha detto che nel corso di una assemblea straordinaria tenutasi il 10 luglio di quest’anno, i membri hanno votato contro la continuazione della carica di Milingo come presidente.

Al centro del contendere ci sarebbe una proprietà di 600 ettari di terreno chiamata “Lukamantano”. 

Dietro ci sarebbe una storia di firme e di passaggi di proprietà e si sarebbe attivata anche una causa civile

 La proprietà oggi è dotata di  un ospedale, scuola, ufficio postale e negozi.

Una questione di proprietà terriera che poco ha a che fare con la causa dei sacerdoti sposati, causa già danneggiata in passato dalla cattiva gestione mediatica del “caso Milingo”

Per la redazione dei “sacerdoti lavoratori sposati” tali fatti dimostrano l’affarismo dietro il caso Milingo ed altissimi interessi economici in contesa tra associazioni varie, chiese e parachiese.

Il  Sunday Times, avrebbe pubblicato un documento di trasferimento di proprietà dei terreni agricoli alla ZHS firmato da Milingo e dal cardinale segretario di Stato Vaticano  Tarcisio Bertone.

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Vatican Statement on Emmanuel Milingo

Holy See Has Imposed Penalty of Dismissal From the Clerical State

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 17, 2009 ( Here is the statement released today by the Vatican press office concerning the former archbishop of Lusaka, Zambia, Emmanuel Milingo, and the Holy See’s move to dismiss him from the clerical state.

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For a number of years the Church has followed with great concern the difficulties caused by the regrettable conduct of Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo. Many attempts have been made to bring Archbishop Milingo back into communion with the Catholic Church, including the consideration of suitable ways to enable him to exercise the episcopal ministry. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI were directly involved in those efforts and both Popes personally followed the case of Archbishop Milingo in a spirit of paternal solicitude.

In the course of this unhappy series of events, Archbishop Milingo became irregular in 2001 as a result of his attempt to marry Mrs. Maria Sung, and incurred the medicinal penalty of suspension (cf. Canons 1044 § 1, n. 3; 1394 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law). Thereafter, he headed certain groups calling for the abolition of clerical celibacy and gave numerous interviews to the media in open disobedience to the repeated interventions of the Holy See, creating serious upset and scandal among the faithful. Then, on 24 September 2006 in Washington, Archbishop Milingo ordained four Bishops without pontifical mandate.

By so doing, he incurred the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae (Canon 1382) which was declared by the Holy See on 26 September 2006 and is still in force today. Sadly, Archbishop Milingo has shown no sign of the desired repentance with a view to returning to full communion with the Supreme Pontiff and the other members of the College of Bishops. Rather, he has persisted in the unlawful exercise of acts belonging to the episcopal office, committing new crimes against the unity of Holy Church. Specifically, in recent months Archbishop Milingo has proceeded to several other episcopal ordinations.

The commission of these grave crimes, which has recently been established, is to be considered as proof of the persistent contumacy of Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo. The Holy See has therefore been obliged to impose upon him the further penalty of dismissal from the clerical state.

According to Canon 292 of the Code of Canon Law, the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state, now added to the grave penalty of excommunication, has the following effects: loss of the rights and duties attached to the clerical state, except for the obligation of celibacy; prohibition of the exercise of any ministry, except as provided for by Canon 976 of the Code of Canon Law in those cases involving danger of death; loss of all offices and functions and of all delegated power, as well as prohibition of the use of clerical attire. Consequently, the participation of the faithful in any future celebrations organized by Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo is to be considered unlawful.

It must be pointed out that the dismissal of a Bishop from the clerical state is most extraordinary. The Holy See has felt obliged to act in this way due to the serious consequences for ecclesial communion resulting from repeated episcopal consecrations carried out without pontifical mandate; nevertheless, the Church hopes that Archbishop Milingo will see the error of his ways.

As for those recently ordained by Archbishop Milingo, the Church’s discipline in imposing the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae upon those who receive episcopal consecration without pontifical mandate is well-known. While expressing hope for their conversion, the Church reaffirms what was declared on 26 September 2006, namely that she does not recognize these ordinations, nor does she intend to recognize them, or any subsequent ordinations based on them, in the future. Hence the canonical status of the supposed bishops remains as it was prior to the ordination conferred by Archbishop Milingo.

At this moment, as the Church experiences profound sorrow for the grave acts perpetrated by Archbishop Milingo, she entrusts to the power of prayer the repentance of the guilty party and of all those who — be they priests or lay faithful — have in any way cooperated with him by acting against the unity of Christ’s Church.

Vatican accused of hypocrisy over short skirts dress code

The Vatican has been accused of hypocrisy after Swiss Guards launched a crackdown on tourists wearing skimpy clothing. 

Swiss Guard outside St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican Photo: ALAMY

By Nick Squires in Rome  

Visitors said that at a time when the Catholic Church is battling scandals over paedophile priests and decades of cover-ups, it should have more important things to worry about.

Tourists entering St Peter’s Basilica have long been required to dress modestly, but from early this week the Swiss Guards – the Pope’s private army – appeared to have extended the rules to the entire Vatican City State.

The guards, who wear striped blue and gold uniforms, carry halberds and trace their service to the papacy back to 1506, drew aside men in shorts and women with uncovered shoulders and short skirts to tell them that they were not dressed properly.

Some of the female visitors bought shawls and scarves from nearby hawkers, while a few men had to wander off to the nearest shops to buy long trousers.

Others were refused entry altogether, and accused the authorities of double standards.

“Given all the scandals the Church has been involved in, what possible right can it have to be preaching about the morality of sleeveless dresses?” said one woman in her seventies, identified only as Maria.

The tough dress code also applied to Romans using the Vatican’s pharmacy, supermarket and post office.

The crackdown on inappropriate clothing comes at a time of almost unprecedented crisis for the Vatican, with senior figures, including Pope Benedict XVI, accused of failing to act against priests who sexually abused children.

The scandal first erupted in the United States a decade ago but in the last year has engulfed the Catholic Church in Ireland, Austria, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Belgium and the Pope’s native Germany.